Autumn colours in the Algarve

This is the earliest we have been here in the Autumn, and so it is the first time we have seen the Autumn colours in the Algarve. Not as intense or as diverse as the American or even an English fall, but still very beautiful on Tuesday’s wonderful 12km hike in the Guadiana valley.

It wasn’t just the leaves which were capturing my attention, there were unexpected floral delights too. Such as the Autumn Crocus, narciso-de-outono in Portuguese. I know many of us have these in our gardens in England, but this was the first time I have seen so many in the wild.

Autumn Crocus

They were not everywhere and you could easily miss them, but where they did appear the ground looked pink. So very beautiful. Thanks to my collection of wildflower identification resources I am pretty confident (despite the yellow stamen anthers) that these are Colchium lusitanicum rather than Colchicum autumnale (Meadow Saffron). However as always I am happy to be corrected!

As well as the Autumn Crocus there were Autumn snowflakes (a challenge to photograph given their precarious location) and also Autumn squills. Who knew so many spring perennials had autumn cousins.

The final flower in the gallery above is, I believe, Daphne gnidium (flax-leaved daphne), normally in fruit rather than flowering at this time of year however the excellent ‘Flora On‘ indicates that it can flower as late as November. Given how close I got to daphne when I was photographing, I was somewhat horrified to discover when preparing this post that like the Caster Oil plant this is a highly poisonous plant. Death is probable within 6hours if you are foolish enough to sample any part of this plant, and it can cause dermatitis should you touch it. So be warned! More photographs below to help you avoid it.

It wasn’t just beautiful and dangerous flora we discovered on our hike, there was also an abundance of bird life including a venue of vultures. That’s another story for another day though, as it is time for me to have lunch now!

Our project if I ever win the lottery
Our dream project in the Autumn sunshine

Author: BeckyB

It's a good life walking, cooking, photographing, volunteering, reading, blogging, and best of all spending time with family, friends & the cat!

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      1. They have been pretty rough and the conservatory/orangery is wet again ๐Ÿ™
        That was a waste of money it seems. Should have just used it to fly to Australia first class!

        1. Builder will be back to try and resolve the issue. Not really his fault, just where we live ๐Ÿ™
          Driving wind and heavy rain.

  1. I love the mellow look of autumn, when the light is softer and the colours are warm. Your last photo is gorgeous. What is that old building? Are you planning a Grand Designs project? We found a patch of wild crocuses in Manchester when we were there. Jude identified them for me.

    1. Thank you so much. It’s an abandoned farm, which we first came across years ago. We would love to have a grand designs project with it, but need to win the lottery first!!

    1. Daphne odora “All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and a range of domestic animals and some people experience dermatitis from contact with the sap.”

  2. An English Fall! Surely not? Fall has Germanic/Nordic origins and is used in USA. Apparently in Northern England Autumn used to be called ‘backend’. Sounds rather rude. I think it is best just called Autumn! “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”

    Anyway, whatever you call it, I like your pictures!

    1. Ah well I’ve read in a couple of places that fall did in fact originate in England, and for a while we and America used both. Before we dropped it and stuck with Autumn! Thank goodness though we didn’t take up backend instead!!

      Definitely a season of mellow fruitfulness here in the Algarve ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. I am glad you are naming the plants Becky. My inquisitive mind is always asking. I have a stack of reference books on the desk. Can hardly wait for lunch to finish ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. So glad you appreciate, I just wish I could remember all these names when out in the field! and hee hee, you may have to wait a while as I need to remind myself of the names of all the birds too!

    1. Welcome home, hope all is well both here and back in England. And yes we’d love to. Shall we start with coffee one morning, happy to come up to Santa Caterina.

      1. Yes, let’s meet in Santa Catarina. I would probably need to walk (we only have Rollie at the moment and he’s needed for Christian’s work) but that’s fine.

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